The jeweler experienced a remarkable success since in 1872 the zar Alexander III commissioned to his son Peter Carl, the production of precious Easter eggs.
For Orthodox Christians, the Easter egg is more than a celebration at the end of fasting, is a true declaration of the Resurrection of Christ.
In the upper classes, and especially in the imperial family, instead of exchanging eggs from hens blessed during the liturgy, it spreads the custom of exchanging jewel eggs, made from precious materials.
Their preparation occupying an entire year. Once a project was chosen, a team of craftsmen worked to assemble the egg. As desired by the Czarina, themes and appearance of eggs varies widely. There are eggs dedicated to the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries or coronations, but also made to celebrate a particular achievement or event of the past year.
Another feature of eggs is their structure like Matryoshka and the surprises contained; sometimes jewels to wear but also small art pieces or precious stones.
In 2006, just twenty-one eggs were still in Russia until a Russian businessman bought nine previously from American publisher Forbes, and in this way making her way back to Russia. Today other smaller collections are available in some US museums, four eggs are in private collections while eight are still missing and are considered dispersed … then even this contributes to building the charm and the legend of these precious works of art!
Best wishes to all for a peaceful new year.
One of our passions has always been the history of jewelery and, in line with our understanding of the jewel, we are often attracted to the personality not many known to the general public but capable of innovative ideas as well as to inspire today jewelry designer and bijoux.The history of costume is populated by little-known characters but by the incomparable charm and visionary enough to inspire with their originality and creative boldness, many of the accessories shown in the magazines and that we wear today . Fulco di Verdura Santostefano of Cerda Duke was a jewelry designer and frequenter of Parisian salons known for his legendary life and his friendships with characters such as Coco Chanel and Salvador Dalì. Heir to one of the largest families of the Palermo in Sicily, is known for designing jewelry worn by Hollywood celebrities, commissioned by wealthy tycoons and royalty from all over Europe. Nature is his greatest source of inspiration: animals, birds, feathers, wings, leaves, shells, flowers and fruits are cultivated essences and transformed into masterpieces.
The famous jewel created by Coco Chanel is a masterpiece which marked the beginning of their friendship and still produced today: a bracelet in white enamel surmounted by a Byzantine cross, inspired by the tour made by the two in the old Europe, finished with emeralds, sapphires, topaz, amethyst, aquamarine and rubini. The story goes that Coco Chanel in the early thirties led to the aristocratic designers, all the jewelry received as a gift from his past lovers, to turning them into new jewelry. One of the pieces obtained was precisely the cuff in question, the Maltese Cross Cuff, so well done that it becomes an icon for Verdura and for the same Coco, who wore one on each wrist.
From friendship with the musician Cole Porter, inspired by his best-known composition, Night and Day, come the famous gold cufflinks, diamond and enamel: a jewel still produced and sold around the world.
After international fame, conferred by the collaboration with Chanel, became, in the last part of his life, the Holliwood scene jewelers; Katherine Hepburn, Lana Turner, Greta Garbo and many other famous actresses have worn specially designed jewels for their films.
What makes Fulco di Verdura still relevant is that he combined precious materials to the less noble to create unique items. He proved to the world that everything could “be” a jewel: semi-precious stones, baroque pearls, shells but also wood, enamel and leather could become authentic masterpieces.
Maybe not everyone know that there are natural pearls produced by rare shellfish, which have a color and look very different instead the pearls that we usually see.Today almost all the pearls on the market, the ones we see in the showcases or wearing by a friend, are cultured pearls that are produced by a shellfish, however, through human intervention. Depending then on the type of shellfish, we can have the classic distinctions between freshwater pearls, Sea pearls, Australian or Tahitian pearls. So when we speak today of natural pearls ( formed in the clam randomly, in response to the intrusion of a foreign body) is meant to those that can be seen in museums or an auction of antique jewelry. There are also different types of rare and almost unknown pearls produced by mollusks still not grafted by man like pearls melo melo and conch pearls. In both cases it is of calcareous concretions produced in response to the intrusion of an irritant agent within a mollusc, we are therefore faced with the unique and extraordinary natural gemstones.
The Melo Melo are produced by a giant snail (the Melo Melo Zebrata fact) that lives in the China sea. They are generally medium to large size, can measure from 8 to 40 mm, and has shapes from round to oval. The colors range of the Melo Melo pearls is from dark brown to orange which is the most sophisticated staining. As like the Conch pearls, the color of these pearls tend to fade over time.
The Conch pearls are produced by the mollusk Strombus gigas that lives in the Caribbean Sea. They are mainly small and Baroque oval and generally, are pink, yellow, brown or white. The most sought color is salmon or pink-orange. A main feature of Conch pearls color is the flame structure, a kind of intense luminescence that runs on their surface and that makes them unique. Despite numerous attempts, to date it has not been possible to grow this type of pearls; if you see a jewel like this, you can rest assured of being in front of a gemological rarities!
You do not need to be certain gemologists to know what we talk about when naming a diamond. The precious stone for excellence, the gem certainly best known even among non-experts. That is mounted on a pendant, an engagement ring or a gift for a milestone birthday, almost all in the course of our lives, sooner or later we come in contact with this stone. But not everyone know the characteristics and the different properties that this stone owns and which help to give it its incomparable charm. Some of you will ever go to the disco or under the tanning lamp and see your own ring emit strange glows. There is no cause for alarm, it is not synthetic or imitation diamond but, as opposed, you are faced with phenomenon quite natural.The fluorescence is indeed a natural phenomenon that affects approximately 1/3 of the diamonds used in jewelry and is the property of the stone to emit visible light when exposed to UV ultraviolet rays. Depending on the intensity of the re-emitted light, they are determined by means of touchstones, five degrees fluorescence: nothing – low – medium – high – very high. Although most of the fluorescent stones have a blue color, from faint to intense, they are also present diamonds with pink fluorescence – red.
So even if not immediately perceived, the fluorescence is an important feature that determines the appearance of the stone and the way it appears to our eyes. For a diamond tending a bit ‘to yellowish, a light blue fluorescence can considerably improve its color and can thus be considered almost an added value. In contrast, a very strong fluorescence can get to make it appear milky and just pleasant to the eye, even the whitest diamond.
Ultimately we can consider the fluorescence as a feature to keep in mind almost exclusively when you buy a stone for investment, while the majority of diamonds are sold to celebrate an event or to stop in time a special moment and then to be worn and make us happy !
Auction sales will be held in the run-up to the Second Eastern Economic Forum from August 23, to September 3, 2016, in Vladivostok, Russky Island. 19 rough diamonds (19 lots) with the total weight of 1,098 carats, the property of PJSC ALROSA and JSC Almazy Anabara, are put up for sale. The largest rough diamond to be sold at the auction is 401.97 carats.
A Polished Diamond Tender for 28 diamonds will be held at the same time. Five of these diamonds have the weight over 5 carats. 18 diamonds are fancy colored. The largest round cut diamond is 40.25 carats. A total of 30 companies from Hong Kong, Israel, India, the USA, Belgium and Russia will participate in the display. www.alrosa.ru.